TWO Liverpool men face a string of charges over allegations they posed as firefighters collecting equipment for 9/11 heroes.
Barry McGuinness and his friend Peter Higham are accused of impersonating firefighters collecting equipment for their New York counterparts.
Between them the two men were this week charged with 33 offences.
McGuiness, 26, faces 19 counts of fraudulently impersonating a firefighter.
Higham, also 26, was charged with eight counts of fraudulently impersonating a firefighter.
They are also each charged with three counts of causing harassment, alarm or distress.
The two men are alleged to have visited fire stations in Heswall, Bromborough, Leigh, Formby, Whiston, Eccleston, Southport, Speke, Belle Vale, Huyton, Parr, Broughton, Kirkby, Allerton and Old Swan.
The are accused of posing as firefighters from either the Merseyside or Greater Manchester brigades collecting fire and rescue service property to donate to New York firefighters involved in the 9/11 Twin Towers disaster.
They were also charged with using threatening, abusive or insulting words or behaviour or disorderly behaviour causing people harassment, alarm or distress under the Public Order Act.
Two of the places they are said to have visited were bars – Jokers in Ormskirk Street, and Retro, in Bridge Street, both St Helens. The third is a private residence in Garston.
Higham, of Rollo Street, Kirkdale, and McGuinness, of St Domingo Vale, Everton, are due to appear at Liverpool magistrates’ court on February 9. THE ECHO